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From the Desk of Drew Early
Veterans Law Attorney

More VA shenanigans (above) — bad enough Janesville is up to like 12

different PO boxes, now BVA is jumping in with their own

PO Box drill for appeals–related correspondence.
HTH can some beat up old retired vet or widowed spouse who doesn’t

read the Federal Register in the 1st place keep up with where

to send what?  No, it “increases the efficiency of mail processing….”   

Oh really?  Is that why the Christmas cards I sent the local

Appeals Coaches and DROs at VARO Atlanta actually got to

them in March?  Yes, true story. Grr, I’m getting grumpy again.

/s/ Drew


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Tri-State Area Veterans To Donald Trump:

Where’s The Money?

Trump Shows How Much He Really Cares About Veterans

Veterans Group Calls Out Trump For Overstating Donations

The Vietnam War Is Still Killing People

On Saturday, President Obama will set out on a trip to Vietnam.

On the same day, a funeral will be held in Quang Tri

province for a man named Ngo Thien Khiet.

Letter to VA Urges Investigation of South Jersey

Community Based Outpatient Clinics

Earlier this month, following Mr. Ingram’s death and allegations of neglect

and misconduct by the Wilmington VA Medical Center, Sens. Booker

and Menendez and Rep. LoBiondo called for suspending

the Wilmington VA’s oversight of South Jersey CBOCs.

Republicans: VA failing on prescribing and oversight of drugs

Republicans on a congressional subcommittee on Friday excoriated

the Veterans Administration's prescribing patterns and

oversight of controlled substances during a hearing in Denver.

Honor the Fallen and Remember the Brave This Memorial Day

At One of 4 National Parks

This year, honor those brave men and women by exploring the country’s national parks,

many of which are home to preserved historic sites, monuments, and

memorials dedicated to celebrating our military history.

We invite you to

experience the history woven into national parks across the

nation as we highlight these four iconic parks.

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Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for

remembering the people who died while serving in the country's armed forces.

My father died on Memorial Day 2010. WWII veteran MGySgt. (E-9) Roy L. Strickland,

USMC, Ret. (1925-2010) was a survivor of one of the bloodiest battles

of the war, the invasion of Iwo Jima. Thousands

of marines and tens of thousands of enemy soldiers died that week.
Dad received his first Purple Heart on February 19th,

1945 for shrapnel wounds he received in the fighting.
"Among those who fought at the battle of Iwo Jima,

uncommon valor was a common virtue."
Some years ago the Navy named a battleship after the island of Iwo Jima in

memory of all those who died there. The USS Iwo Jima is now in

Mayport, FL about an hour from me.
My dad was on the USS Iwo Jima on an inaugural launch in 2001.

He was there with other Iwo Jima survivors and WWII veterans.
This coming Friday I've been honored with an invitation to come to

Mayport Naval Station and walk aboard the USS Iwo Jima just as my father

did. They're flying a flag in his honor over the ship that day and will present it to me.
To make this even better I'm taking along my best 5 year old buddy, grandson

Clark Allen, and my good friend and Vietnam combat veteran

Bobby VanBrackle and his grandson Austin will be along with us.
I'm allowed a camera on board the ship so you can bet you'll see some pictures.

This will be one helluva Memorial Day for me.

We hope you have a peaceful and reflective Memorial Day.

You can help an end-of-life veteran by

giving to the only group I trust here.

/s/ Jim Strickland

VA announces new TBI exams

Responding to disclosures that it used unqualified doctors to diagnose

traumatic brain injuries, the Department of Veterans Affairs

has announced plans to offer new TBI exams to nearly 25,000 veterans nationwide.

Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs

Statement from VA Secretary Robert A. McDonald

On Monday, I made some remarks on how we’re working to improve

Veterans' satisfaction with the care they receive from VA. It was never my intention

to suggest that I don't take our mission of serving Veterans very seriously. 

In fact, improving access to care is my number one priority

and the priority I have set for the entire department. 

Continue Reading the Statement

VA Proposes to Grant Full Practice Authority to

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

(2016) The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is proposing a rule to grant full

practice authority to Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

(APRN) when they are acting within the scope of their VA employment.

Possible VA Change in Advanced Nursing

Roles Sparks Heated Debate

(2014) Amid heated controversy, the VA is considering a proposal that would require

VA’s Advanced Practice Registered Nurses to be designated as

independent practitioners, regardless of individual state regulations.

At VHA, Doctors, Nurses Clash on Oversight
(2014) Anesthesiologists Balk at Proposal Easing Rules on Physician Supervision

VA nurse practitioners could

practice independently under Senate bill

(2015) Senate legislation is looking to empower nurse practitioners across the

Veterans Affairs Department to practice independently of physicians,

regardless of laws in individual states. The goal is to mitigate

physician shortages and reduce patient wait times that have been plaguing the VA.
The provision would allow nurse practitioners—including midwives and

mental healthcare clinical nurse specialists—to

prescribe some drugs and treat patients without a supervising physician.

What does all the fuss about VA hiring nurses really mean?

It's pretty simple. Good doctors aren't exactly lining up at the door to work for the VA.

Are you serious? Why would any competent physician sign on today?

So, VA is hiring on the cheap. Don't get me wrong, advanced practice nurses,

physician assistants and all the other 'doctor helpers' have a role in

health care. But not as independent practitioners.  VA has been trying

to slip this past you for years. All the physician expanders get paid one

helluva lot less than an M.D. or a D.O.  There are a few good physicians at VA,

I have one for myself. But there isn't much reason for a new guy or

gal to sign on board a sinking you won't see a doctor if VA has its way.

/s/ Jim


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The Appeals Process

Craig Bash M.D.

The Veterans Medical Advisor

The VA secretary recently sent this to me for all veterans if their claims

were denied: When a claim is denied and the veteran disagrees

with that denial, there are the following options:
* The veteran may appeal. To start the appeal process, the veteran must

complete and submit VA Form 21-0958, Notice of Disagreement.

Submit via  fax to VA's Evidence Intake Center at the

Toll Free Fax: 844-822-5246
* or mail to Evidence Intake Center at –
Department of Veterans Affairs Claims Intake Center

PO Box 5235 Janesville, WI 53547-5235
* The veteran may request reconsideration of the claim.

File online at eBenefits, or complete and submit VA Form 21-526EZ,

Application for Disability Compensation and Related Compensation

Benefits, via faxing or mailing to the Evidence Intake Center as

described above. As needed, include a statement to describe,

for example, what evidence you believe was missed or

misinterpreted, or to describe the clear & unmistakable error you believe VA made.
* The veteran may submit a new claim. File online at

or complete and submit VA Form 21-526EZ, Application for

Disability Compensation and Related Compensation Benefits,

via faxing or mailing to the Evidence Intake Center as described above.

(If you mail, use Certified Mail.)
* FYI remember VA has a new policy of “No Form No Benefit” (NFNB)

so please do your forms as carefully as possible and use an

administrative accredited agent and use an experienced physician

for SMC & DBQ forms for a maximally correct VA medical diagnostic code...and rating!

/S/ Craig Bash M.D. Associate Professor
Cell Phone  240-506-1556

What The New York Times Gets Wrong About PTSD
Occurrences are also much more likely in those who survive non-combat

traumas, which include sexual assault (30–80 percent of survivors develop

PTSD), nonsexual assault (23–39 percent develop it), disasters

(30–40 percent) and car crashes (25–33 percent), among

other causes. Veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and

Iraq have just a 20 percent occurrence of PTSD.

The Lingering Health Effects of Agent Orange

Veterans are still suffering from the illnesses caused by the toxic herbicide

used during the Vietnam War. They want to know why the VA doesn’t offer more help.

Hillary Clinton’s Camp Set Up ‘Veterans Against Trump’ Protest

It was a perfect opportunity to hold the presumptive GOP nominee’s

feet to the fire for his broken promise to raise $6 million for vets.

But this was no spontaneous protest.

Prescriptions for opioids decline amid epidemic

In the United States, nearly 30,000 deaths a year can be attributed to the

abuse of heroin and prescription painkillers.  Opioids like OxyContin, Vicodin,

Percocet and Methadone.  This epidemic in part was due to the surge in

prescriptions being written over the last two decades.
However, a new analysis reveals that for each of the last three

years, prescriptions are being written for opioids decline.

Adam Luck

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CFR › Title 38 › Chapter I ›
Part 4 › Subpart A › Section 4.26

M21-1, Part IV, Subpart ii,
Chapter 2, Section F -
Compensation Based on
Individual Unemployability (IU)

M21-1, Part IV, Subpart ii,
Chapter 2, Section H -
Special Monthly Compensation (SMC)

M21-1, Part III, Subpart iv,
Chapter 8, Section D -
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M21-1, Part I, Chapter 5,
Section B - Notice of
Disagreement (NOD)

From the Desk of Drew Early

Veterans Law Attorney

The document above is significant.  VA typically discounts Parkinsonism or

Parkinsons-like conditions as it relates to Agent Orange; this new study

(although dated as of 2014, but actually released as a final study 2 months ago),

finds “NO RATIONAL BASIS for excluding Parkinsons-like symptoms

from the service-connected category denoted as Parkinson’s.”

Those are pretty strong words to find in a NAS report. 

I suggest veterans suffering from Parkinson’s-related conditions

strongly consider making an application for benefits

if they have not already done so or were previously unsuccessful.

/s/ Drew

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Your VA Claim
If you haven't figured it out by now,
it's time to realize you're involved in a giant paper shuffle
and this IS NOT a spectator sport.
Put down your gun
and pick up your keyboard.
The battlefield has changed.

Army veteran says she can't get the VA to pay

for treatment related to disability
For Army veteran Anna Harper a mix up on the VA's part nearly

cost her her good credit. Getting the VA to pay takes a year.

VA Secretary Faces Merciless Bipartisan

Backlash Following Disney Comments

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald has received brutal criticism

from both ends of the political spectrum after he compared the wait

times at VA hospitals to wait times for rides at Disneyland.

Disney Fires Back After VA Secretary Compares Wait

Lines for Veterans to Theme Park Rides

A Disney Theme Parks spokesperson responded by phone to deny this claim:
“We take wait times very seriously. We continually push the boundaries to give

our guests the best experience possible. A large team of highly trained

industrial engineers are tasked with improving our guest’s experiences, 

from transportation, to guest flow, to ride comfort and certainly wait times.

After Disney’s reaction, it seems the VA will continue

to remain the least happy place on earth.

Moving On in Vietnam, but Remembering Its Lessons

AS President Obama visits Vietnam, we are struck by the fact that most

citizens of both countries have no living memory of a conflict that claimed

the lives of more than 58,000 Americans and upward of a million Vietnamese.

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Custom carvings by a veteran.

I do military themes, sports logos, business logos,

Bible boxes, occasional canes and much more.

These make great gifts!

I ordered the Big Red One you see above

as a gift.  First class work and service!

/s/ Jim Strickland

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